Novice Guide

Published: 13/08/2019

Other resources

AAGBI guidelines - general

AAGBI guidelines - emergencies

The below emergencies can be found in the Quick Reference Handbook 

  • AAGBI guidelines - emergencies - suspected anaphylactic reactions associated with anaesthesia
  • AAGBI guidelines - emergencies - anaphylaxis safety drill
  • AAGBI guidelines - emergencies - management of severe local anaesthetic toxicity
  • AAGBI guidelines - emergencies - management of severe local anaesthetic toxicity notes
  • AAGBI guidelines - emergencies - malignant hyperthermia crisis management
  • AAGBI guidelines - emergencies - malignant hyperthermia crisis task allocations
  • AAGBI guidelines - emergencies - malignant hyperthermia - recommended contents for management kit
  • AAGBI guidelines - emergencies - management of massive haemorrhage

Further resources for Anaphylaxis here

AAGBI guidelines - anaesthetic practice

AAGBI guidelines - health, safety and wellbeing

AAGBI guidelines - other 

Resuscitation guidelines

Difficult Airway Society Guidelines

The following links open the relevant Difficult Airway Society's Algorithms:

Click on the links above to open the algorithms in a new window. You can print these PDFs or send them to your smart phone and access them via iBooks or similar applications.

For further algorithms and additional information information please visit the Difficult Airway Society's website at

Related e-Learning sessions

01_09_04 Prediction of a Difficult Airway

Basic Anaesthetic Drugs

The novice guide working party has complied a list of the most commonly used anaesthetic drugs that you will encounter in your first 3 months. This list includes a guide to doses for an average adult and how the drugs are presented.

Click on the link below to open the PDF in a new window.

Basic Anaesthetic Drugs

You can print this PDF as an aide memoire. You can also send it to your smart phone and access it via iBooks or similar applications.

Lifelong Learning platform

The Lifelong Learning platform is an educational tool, which allows you to record your progress against the requirements of the anaesthetic and ACCS curricula. This is used by all schools of anaesthesia and is an important tool at your Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP). Your trainers will be using this to support your development whilst also providing invaluable feedback. For information on using the platform and support, please click here

Logbooks Overview

College Requirements
The College requires all trainees to keep a record of the cases they undertake to ensure that a trainee’s competence can be considered in the context of their experience and exposure to different procedures.

Trainees should record, in a suitable paper or electronic logbook, the details of anaesthetics given by them. This is mandatory.

The Lifelong Learning platform includes an integrated logbook that you can use throughout your career, and you will receive access as part of your membership (to gain access, please register with the College). However, there are a variety of other logbooks that are available from commercial and non-commercial organisations as web-based or standalone applications.

The only stipulation that the College makes is that the Logbook Summary section of the personal portfolio must be in the format shown in Appendix 10 of the CCT document or as a report downloaded from the College’s electronic logbook. We advise you to use the Lifelong Learning Logbook as this will be available to your panel via your Educational Supervisors Structured Report (ESSR).

Use of patient ID in logbooks
Patients must not be individually identifiable from the patient ID used. The GMC Confidentiality Guidance defines anonymised data as ‘Data from which the patient cannot be identified by the recipient of the information. The name, address and full postcode must be removed together with any other information which, in conjunction with other data held by or disclosed to the recipient, could identify the patient.’

The College recommends that trainees only record the age [not date of birth] and ASA grade of patients and that no other unique numbers are retained.

The College website can be accessed at It contains the latest news from the College and up to date information about:

  • the College
  • careers and training
  • examinations
  • education and events
  • news and the bulletin.

College videos

The College uses a video platform, to provide a range of the College’s educational programme to both trainee and consultant members. If you are online you can access taster sessions from events previously held by the College.

We have picked out a couple of videos that may be of use to you when you start on the training programme. You can access these via RCoA videos

Social Media

Facebook - Interact with the college and see upcoming events.

All trainees should be aware that the GMC has published guidelines on the use of social media which came into effect in April 2013. We recommend that you follow the link below to view these guidelines.

Doctors’ use of Social Media